The opening of the FedEx Cup Playoffs begins this week in Memphis with the FedEx St. Jude Championship. The tournament replaced The Northern Trust, last year’s tournament opener at Liberty National in New Jersey. The top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings earn the right to play this week, with the top 80 finishers advancing to next week’s BMW Championship.
Abraham Ancer, now a member of the LIV Invitational Series, won last year’s tournament here at TPC Southwind in a playoff victory over Sam Burns and Hideki Matsuyama. Ancer’s victory was his first triumph on the PGA Tour.
With play beginning on Thursday, let’s dive into the updated PGA Tour Betting Odds over at mybookie.ag and see who are the favorites to win this week, according to Vegas.
Golf Betting Preview for the 2022 PGA Tour FedEx St. Jude Championship Tournament
Rory McIlroy, the two-time FedEx Cup champion, aims to become the first golfer to win the title three times. Only Tiger Woods is the other golfer who’s held the FedEx Cup title twice. McIlroy comes into Memphis sixth in the FedEx Cup standings and the betting favorite to win this week at TPC Southwind.
After McIllroy, there is a five-way logjam atop the betting board with Patrick Cantlay, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Matthew Fitzpatrick rounding out the top six. Cantlay is the defending FedEx Cup champion and sits fifth in the current standings.
Scheffler is the no. 1 player in the world and atop the standings after picking up four wins and three runner-ups this season. Thomas and Fitzpatrick, both major winners in 2022, are two quality plays this week against a star-studed field. Schauffele picked up three victories this year and ranks fourth in the standings heading into the playoffs.
The Open Championship winner Cameron Smith follows the players all with the same betting odds. Smith, who finished T5 on the course last year, has a trio of victories this year including the Sentry Tournament of Champions and THE PLAYERS.
Tony Finau picked up a pair of back-to-back victories at the 3M Open and Rocket Mortgage Classic and has the same odds as 2021 U.S. Open winner Jon Rahm. Finau won the opening stage of the FedEx Cup Playoffs last year at the Northern Trust while Rahm, the former no. 1 player in the world, has fallen to sixth with just one win this year at the Mexico Open.
Rounding out the top ten betting favorites is Will Zalatoris. Zalatoris made headlines last week during the Wyndham Championship, parting ways with his caddie after the first two rounds of the tournament. The 25-year-old is still searching for his first PGA Tour victory but has been right there all season with three runner-ups.
There is still alot of talent outside the top ten favorites, including major winners Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa and Hideki Matsuyama. International players Sungjae Im, Shane Lowry, Viktor Hovland, and last week’s winner Joohyung Kim all sit near the first page of the leaders heading into Thursday’s first round of action.
Visit mybookie.ag to get all the odds for this week’s tournament and place your bets before Thursday morning.